Action Bronson

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    August 14, 2014

    Statik Selektah Has Invented a New Drink Called The M Train

    "I tried to make an album as if N.W.A. met A Tribe Called Quest, so jazzy but still gangsta," says the producer Statik Selektah of his new #WhatGoesAround project. Featuring hometown rhymers like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch, the album drops on August 19th. Ahead of th ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, and Danny Brown - Best Buy Theater - 7/23/14

    PeterPalooza 3 - Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul and Danny Brown - Best Buy Theater 7/23/14 Better Than: Elmopalooza. Yeah, I said it! After a certain age, people seem to begin to bemoan their birthday. The idea of growing another year older doesn't seem quite glamorous. Fortunately for us, H ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/21/14

    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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    July 17, 2014

    The Brown Bag Allstars' J57 and Koncept Present a Hip-Hop Baseball Playlist

    This evening, July 17, J57 and Koncept from New York City's Brown Bag Allstars troupe will be taking to the field down in Coney Island to perform the opening song ahead of the Brooklyn Cyclones showdown with the Jamestown Jammers. The track of choice will be a rendition of "Take a Day," which featur ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Ab-Soul's New Album Is #1 in iTunes, Buy Tickets to His 4Knots After Party Now

    It's a big day for fans of Top Dawg Entertainment, as Kendrick Lamar's creative Black Hippie shaman and (assuming here) totes bestie Ab-Soul puts out his long awaited album These Days... It's now streaming on Ab's Soundcloud and available for purchase via iTunes (where it's currently sitting at #1), ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Ab-Soul to Headline Official Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival After Party

    On Saturday, July 12 smart/sexy/cool people from all over will gather at South Street Seaport for our (free, all ages) fourth annual 4Knots Music Festival, which this year will include sets by incredible acts like Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz, Those Darlins, Radkey more. Afterward, they (and you) wo ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Understanding New Japan Wrestling via Hip-Hop

    This Saturday, May 17th, the Hammerstein Ballroom will play host to an exciting historic night in professional wrestling. New Japan Pro Wrestling, the second biggest wrestling company on the planet, will be facing off against respected American wrestling promotion Ring of Honor for a rare cross-prom ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    What Would an Action Bronson Cologne Smell Like?

    If New York City Subway advertisements are anything to go by, the absolute most important gift to bestow upon a loved one this December is the opportunity to smell like Nicki Minaj, whose new perfume Minajesty is now out and available for purchase. But why should the chance to rock somebody's nose l ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    The 10 Best New York City Rap Albums of 2013

    The mainstream end of New York City's 2013 rap output might have seen uptown upstarts A$AP Rocky and French Montana putting numbers on the board, but the city's most fertile and invigorating offerings came from less glitzy-reaching enclaves. Consider this round-up a salute to the rap albums that bes ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 20, 2013

    Cat Power

    Kitty Pryde headlines this week's BK Night Bazaar

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    November 20, 2013


    Kitty Pryde headlines this week's BK Night Bazaar

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Seven Great Things About Action Bronson's Blue Chips 2 That Do Not Involve Food

    Action Bronson likes food. We know this because all reports of the Flushing, Queens, rap icon-in-the-making are seemingly mandated to point out that he's something of the gourmand and, at one point, held down professional chef duties. (Hey, we did the whole food reference thing ourselves for Rare Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Which Female Country Star is Your Favorite Rapper?

    Earlier this month Phonte dropped much knowledge about which rappers correspond to which classic television shows. To wit: Jay is The Wire; Nas is Breaking Bad; Kanye is Lost; East Bound and Down is Action Bronson, etc. etc. It's a fun game, and anyone who thinks too much about hip-hop has definitel ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Turning Iconic Rap Albums Into 8-Bit Video Games With the Belowrez App

    The Belowrez photo app launched earlier this week. Reversing the trend towards megapixel madness, the app has a simple retro ambit: To turn camera phone pictures into pixellated images reminiscent of 8-bit video game graphics. Which seemed like a sensible cue to follow through with the standard test ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    AG the Coroner: Inspired by Biggie, Cosigned by Action Bronson, Signed by Roc Marciano

    "I had a friend who just so happened to be working in the freezer when I got here and he was able to cut some corners for me," says AG the Coroner, the Brooklyn-based rapper, about what until recently was his day job in the dead body storage department of a hospital. These days, AG has been moved to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    What's Happening This Week: Alphabet City Beer Cruise, Bushwick Block Party & More

    From Riesling cruises to restaurant weeks (month)--not to mention the chance to try multiple kinds of barbecue--July has been a busy month if you're into food, and the action continues this weekend. With a pair of craft beer parties and a Peruvian Independence day celebration, there's plenty of acti ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Exclusive: Listen to Action Bronson's "Water Sports," Produced By Harry Fraud

    Here at SOTCHQ we're big fans of the Action Bronson's new(ish) Saaab Stories, which was produced by Harry Fraud. So, when this leaked Bronson/Fraud track "Water Sports" (which features Bronson's pal Big Body Bes and, to our ears, sounds like a Saaab leftover) fell off a truck right in front of our o ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 24, 2013


    Look at that, Bushwick is all grown up

  • Music

    July 10, 2013

    He-Mad Woman-Haters Club

    Critics need to be careful when picking apart the misogyny and violence in rap

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Action Bronson on Saaab Stories' Controversial Artwork, Havoc's Twitter Fiasco

    Action Bronson is riding high. His new EP Saaab Stories, helmed by longtime producer Harry Fraud, debuted at #63 on the Billboard 200 (largely off the strength of the duo's own grassroots promo). Featuring the likes of Raekwon, Prodigy and the return of the trash-talking Big Body Bes, Saaab Stories ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Cam'ron and Action Bronson Should Win Short Feature Oscars For Their Incredible Vines

    No disrespect to Riff Raff, whose Vine game is tight. But when it comes to expressing the cinematic mind in six second video loops, no one is holding it down quite like Cam'ron and Action Bronson. These two are doing some incredible things with the app. Cam is like a young Guy Ritchie the way he mix ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Statik Selektah on the Troll Power of Putting Mac Miller and Sean Price on the Same Song

    Editor's note: In "Tweets Is Watching," Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Statik Selaktah promises his upcoming album, Extended Play, will "remind you of the hip-hop you grew up on, but it's like the new fresh version of that." To hi ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Action Bronson Loves Boca Burgers, Wants to Know Who Ate the Boca Burgers

    Action Bronson loves food. And even though he's known for throwing out steaks during his shows, a recent Vine suggests the Queens-based rapper might be a vegetarian. Or, at least, dude loves fake meat. Check it after the jump.

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    March 27, 2013

    Five NYC Rappers Who Deserve To Be In XXL's 2013 Freshman Class Issue

    XXL magazine revealed their annual freshmen list today. Among the10 picks for future rap fame (plus a boxed-out bonus picture of Chief Keef's head), New York City is represented by the monolithic Action Bronson, Pro Era leader Joey Bada$$ and Angel Haze. In the interest of municipal pride then, here ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    When Not Making Rap Hits, Harry Fraud Surfs With Manatees and Rocks Out to Sublime

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Hit man Harry Fraud dropped his new Adrift project yesterday, which the hip-hop producer has teased on Twitter to be a mix of "stuff you may have heard and stuff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Ten Rappers We'd Like To See on Reality TV

    So many reality shows, and so many of them are terrible. But people watch this stuff, despite feigning revulsion. "Trash culture" is on the rise, and with everyone from Consequence to The Game are landing "roles" in a reality show, we wanted to get in on the action and list some potentially quality ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/8/13

    Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

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    February 7, 2013

    Five Rappers Fans Love That Critics Can't Stand

    By Marcus Arman Not all rappers need critical adoration to achieve commercial success. Some use negative reviews as motivation, others dismiss them as hate, and a few of them probably don't know what constitutes a review. But it's commendable anytime an artist reaches some level of success. In fact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/4/13

    Here are the 10 best shows to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

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    January 31, 2013

    30 Rock's Most Hilarious Rap References

    30 Rock wraps up tonight, as the Tina Fey-penned show signs off with its final episode. During the show's seven seasons of hilarity, it's never been shy of weaving rap references into its script (a tick helped by Donald Glover a/k/a/ Childish Gambino holding down a writer's position at one point). S ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013
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    January 24, 2013

    Watch Action Bronson Fry Sweetbreads and Stir Risotto

    Action Bronson is no stranger to the food world. The New York-based rapper is also a culinary school dropout with an enormous appetite. Recently, Bronson traveled to Al Mercato in Milan to stir some risotto and discuss his grandmother's cooking with VICE. Why head to Italy? Because "if you can't m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Action Bronson on Mac Miller, Oxtail, and Why You Won't Ever See Him Wearing A Skirt

    Unquestionably New York's biggest do-no-wrong rap story of 2012 was Bronsalino, the Albanian Queens-native chef in which rap fans witnessed the face (well, cadence) of the blessed Tony Starks. Lobbing the early career peak Blue Chips onto the web for free and following it up with Rare Chandeliers fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Ten Big Deal Albums We're Hella Excited For

    Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the coming weeks and months:

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    December 26, 2012

    Five Action Bronson Wrestling References Explained

    Tonight one of New York's favorite new hometown heroes, Action Bronson, plays Brooklyn Bowl. While there's been much discussed in regard to his frequent references to food, be it invoking particular dishes as a metaphor, a by-product of his vivid storytelling or employed to advance a narrative, not ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    The Ten Best New York City Rap Albums of 2012

    There's been a repetition about year-end New York rap round-ups for a while now. They usually involve noting how the city isn't the commercial powerhouse of hip-hop it once was (shocker!), and then speculating on whether a few artists might be somehow bringing it back (from precisely which era is ne ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    11 "Minor League Rappers" We Want To Hear on Hot 97

    Last week Hot 97 Program Director Ebro Darden offered a weak explanation about his stations narrow playlist and why they don't play up-and-coming locals, saying--in so many words--that artists not getting spins on the station simply aren't ready for them. They're too underground. They haven't worked ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    We Plugged Ten Rappers' Names Into Juicy J's Stripper Name Generator

    Earlier today, Juicy J encouraged his Twitter followers to embrace the full spectrum of the American dream by going out to vote and then discovering their official stripper name on his website. This seemed like a fine excuse to run the full and proper real names of ten notable rappers through the Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Sean Price: "Cornell West Is the Devil"

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.Sean Price is Twitter rap royalty. The Brooklyn-based M.C. is followed by your favorite rappers and his own timeline sparkles with a bunch of endearingly uncouth j ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Action Bronson's Best Tweets

    Tonight Action Bronson shares the stage at House of Vans with soulmate Paul Banks of Interpol for a Complex magazine party billed as "Judgement Night." We're not sure if that means Denis Leary and a roving band of thugs will be whipping concert goers with chains, but we do know, if it's half as fun ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Make Time for These Hip-Hop Shows at CMJ 2012

    By all means, enjoy the whispy waifs warbling their sensitive indie ballads up and down the city during CMJ. But make time for some hip-hop while you do. Here are a few acts worth your time. See Also: - Don't Miss These Bands At CMJ - Handy CMJ Flowchart Panel Selector

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    October 17, 2012
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    August 24, 2012

    Live: Action Bronson Causes Christmas In August At Music Hall Of Williamsburg

    Action Bronson w/Flatbush Zombies, Meyhem Lauren, Tanya Morgan Music Hall of Williamsburg Thursday, August 23 Better than: Hip-hop actually dying back when Nas called it in 2006. What was Action Bronson going to do? Last night, around midnight, the Flatbush Zombies, accompanied by A$AP Rocky, lef ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012


    Action Bronson cooks up fun

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    The Top 5 Rap Songs Of The Week: Olympic Edition

    There was a time when the best place to hear new music was Hot 97, when the sound of bombs going off would signal a song debuting across the city. But if anyone wanted those songs for themselves, they'd have to buy a whole damn album or sit around and wait until it came on the radio again. Yes, thes ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    The Top 3.5 Hip-Hop Songs Of The Week

    The worst result of 21st-century technological advances, at least from a musical point of view, is the dual proliferation of DIY recording equipment and social media, allowing millions of—notice the quotation marks—"musicians" to flood inboxes, festival backpacks, Facebook timelines and ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Q&A: Meyhem Lauren On Hotel Life, Ralph Lauren, And Why The Wu-Tang Clan Is The Best Rap Group Of All Time

    Room 426 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Texas might not be up there with the great rap recording studios, but for two days earlier this year it was transformed into an impromptu hip-hop spot by Meyhem Lauren. While he was there, the Queens resident and long-time Action Bronson associate cut a new mi ... More >>

  • Music

    June 20, 2012

    Large Professor, Bigger Than Life

    The legend continues with Professor @ Large

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    June 1, 2012

    Live: Curren$y And Styles P Bring The Jet Life To Webster Hall

    Direct Flight Tour: Curren$y w/Styles P, Smoke DZA, Fiend 4 Da Money, Corner Boy P, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy Webster Hall Thursday, May 31 Better than: Staying on the ground. Last night, the New York stop on the Direct Flight Tour—with the Jets Styles P and Curren$y, as well as a ... More >>

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